A mother accused of hanging her young children and having sex
with the family dog appeared to show no remorse as she went on
trial last week.
Lisa Snyder, 37, appeared in court in Reading, Pennsylvania on
Wednesday, charged with murdering four-year-old Brinley and
eight-year-old Conner Snyder in their home last September.
Snyder was also charged with animal cruelty and sexual
intercourse with a dog, after investigators uncovered sexually
explicit photos of her with the family pet that she allegedly
sent to an unidentified man.
The case was initially moved from Hamburg district court because
of security concerns. Snyder is charged with murdering her
children by hanging them on opposite ends of a heavy-duty dog
lead in the basement of her home.
She claimed Conner killed himself because he was bullied in
school, but did not want to alone so he killed his sister as
Brinley and Conner were found hanged and unresponsive in the
basement of their home on September 23. They were revived, but
died three days later after being taken off life support at
Lehigh Valley Hospital-Cedar Crest.
Investigators also claimed Snyder Google-searched ‘hanging
yourself’ and visited a website explaining effective ways to
hang a person.
She also searched ‘how long to die from carbon monoxide’ and
‘almost got away with it,’ which is a reference to a true crime
show, according to court records.
According to a police affidavit, Snyder also sent a man messages
on Facebook, describing a dog performing sex acts on her, while
officers also wrote she sent a photo of a ‘black and white dog
performing oral sex on her’.
Snyder also told a witness that she was ‘depressed and doesn’t
care anymore about her kids,’ Berks County District Attorney
John Adams said in a press conference.
He added that Snyder showed ‘little to no emotion’ when she was
arrested at her home on Monday.
In court, prosecutors said Conner had physical problems that
made it impossible to manipulate the clasp on the dog lead by
‘Conner was incapable of doing this to himself. He was incapable
of doing this to his sister,’ Assistant District Attorney
Margaret McCallum said.